Scarecrows and pumpkins take over the New York Botanical Garden this month. It's also the last month to see the landmark Yayoi Kusama exhibition on display there. Photo courtesy of the NYBG
Scarecrows and pumpkins take over the New York Botanical Garden this month. It's also the last month to see the landmark Yayoi Kusama exhibition on display there. Photo courtesy of the NYBG

Best Things To Do in NYC in October 2021 With Kids

October tiptoes into NYC on little ghost feet—the whole month always feels like a waiting game for Halloween. Naturally, the biggest kid-pleasers, candy notwithstanding, come at the end, including BAMBoo! and—yes!—the Village Halloween Parade; this year it's themed "Let's Play" to celebrate the kids of NYC.

Other autumnal delights include the return of the Atlantic Antic, the opening weekend of the Guggenheim's Kandinsky exhibition, Queens Comes Back at the Kaufman Studios Backlot, and St. Catherine's Park embracing Family Fall Fun with the help of a local councilman.

Kids get the day off on Monday, October 11—officially recognized as Italian Heritage Day/Indigenous Peoples Day on the school-year calendar—and the Museum of the City of New York helps you prep for the day with a Native New Yorkers workshop. October also welcomes a new musical version of Winnie the Pooh, and the NYC Winter Lantern Fest, lighting up Snug Harbor.

We'll keep your weekends focused on fun with our Activity Calendar, and our Fall Fun Guide is ready for the change of seasons, too.

As always, if an event piques your interest, click through to our listing for all the details, including addresses and times. And keep in mind: Really cool things to do with kids often book up quickly, so register or buy your tickets ASAP.

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Places featured in this article:


Staten Island Children's Museum

Kaufman Astoria Studios Backlot

Museum of the City of New York

Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden

BAM Peter Jay Sharp Lobby and Lepercq Space
Queens County Farm Museum's Pumpkin Patch
Queens County Farm Museum - 11:00 AM Pick
Photoville 2021
Citywide - various times Pick
Welcome Week at NYPL
Citywide - various times Pick
Cosmic Camp
CAMP - 10:00 AM
Outdoor Music Together Class
Hudson River Park - 10:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides